At the moment PACE is working closely with UNESCO (Paris, Bangkok and Apia) for the promotion of ESD; with SIDSNet andUNDESA in connection with the UC-SIS initiative; UNDP Bangkok and Pacific for Climate change, energy and disaster management; UNEP for climate change research and Youth Network for environment; START and APN for the promotion of global environmental change research and networking. The Director of PACE is also the Director of the START-Oceania Secretariat, based at USP, which has been instrumental in supporting a variety of projects in the Pacific during the last decade.
PACE works closely with the Uni of Hawaii, UNU, APFED Secretariat (IGES), WWF, IGCI (Waikato),UNEP,CSIRO Melbourne, NIWA New Zealand, Keio Uni Japan, Research Institute of the Subtropics Okinawa, University of Wales, ENSI UK, CEE India, AIRES Australia, University of Miami and others.
These links offer the Centre the international connection and updating needed to work in a complex field such as SD while allowing for sponsorship for participation in international meetings and programmes.
PACE has been able to establish a very useful link with IPCC in connection with the release of its fourth Assessment Report, AR4. As a collaborative effort with IPCC’s Task Group on Data Scenarios support for Impact and Climate Analysis (T-GICA), PACE organized an Outreach Forum on AR4 in Suva, 19 June 2007 with SOPAC, NIWA NZ and the Australian Greenhouse Office as the major partners. This outreach was followed by a Regional CC Science Conference in Nadi, 20-22 June 2007.
While the Suva outreach was mostly for awareness building, the Nadi meeting was specifically on 'data and scenarios' for future (5AR) assessments. The point was repeatedly made that there aren't enough refereed CC publications coming out from Pacific and the SIDS in general. IPCC, SPREP, and USP have decided to take on this challenge and go on a publication drive to get as much of the publishable materials as possible on Climate Change from our region, published regularly.
Global Change Network Activities: We are still continuing our Global Change Network activities associated with global networks such as START (SysTem for the Analysis, Research and Training) and APN (Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research.